Tire Buildup Draws Penalty

Wilmington, DE— Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Secretary John A. Hughes issued a Notice of Conciliation and Administrative Penalty Order to Magnus Environmental Corp. for violations of Delaware's laws and regulations governing solid waste. The Order assesses a penalty of $25,000 that will be suspended if the company fulfills all requirements of the Order. Otherwise, the penalty will be due within 30 days of the Department's notice that the Order has been violated.

Magnus Environmental Corporation of Wilmington, Delaware owns and operates a scrap tire processing facility that shreds whole tires to produce an end product known as Civil Engineering Material or CEM that is suitable and beneficial for commercial uses. Magnus is the only such tire recycling facility in Delaware.

The company is cited for the accumulation of whole tires in violation of a solid waste recycling approval from DNREC that forbids outside stockpiling of either feedstock (whole tires) or of the end product. According to the Order, stockpiling of tires constitutes a fire hazard, a potential breeding ground for mosquitoes and is unsightly. Magnus is also cited for continuing to operate the tire recycling facility after its DNREC approval expired.

The timetable for removal of stockpiles requires removal of one third of the prohibited material within 90 days; a second third within 180 days; and the final third within 270 days.

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